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Everything Xbox Announced Today at gamescom: Forza Horizon 4, PUBG, State of Decay 2, and More

Here at Xbox, we love gamescom because it allows us to connect more directly with our fans, both here in Germany and across Europe. Our European audience has always been important to us, and we’re continuing our ongoing commitment to talent and great studios in Europe, including Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Rare, and Mojang. We could not be more excited to be here in Cologne, where our fans are enjoying one of the most diverse selection of games in recent years with 25 playable titles in our booth. From fast-paced action games to thrilling driving games to fun platformers, games play best on Xbox One. Today, via a special episode of Inside Xbox broadcast directly from our booth at... Read more: Everything Xbox Announced Today at gamescom: Forza Horizon 4, PUBG, State of Decay 2, and More

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gamescom 2018: 5 New Features Coming to Trials Rising

Ubisoft’s Trials franchise has built a legion of dedicated fans who come for the best physics-based motorcycling in the business and stay for the grueling challenge of inching past pals on the game’s online leaderboards.  All of that excruciating goodness is intact in Rising, but developer RedLynx has gone the extra mile by enhancing their latest bike with several new upgrades. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and check out what the next entry in the world’s most explosive racing series has in store. Unreal Tracks, Real Locations While the core game mechanics are largely unchanged – you still gas, brake, and lean back and forth to fling your bike over gaps and nudge it up... Read more: gamescom 2018: 5 New Features Coming to Trials Rising

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Alex Hunter Competes on the Biggest Stage in FIFA 19

We first met young football phenomenon Alex Hunter in The Journey, the groundbreaking story mode introduced in FIFA 17. Alex began his story as a kid with big dreams, hoping to fill the boots of his father and grandfather, both of whom were professional footballers in their youth. Alex eventually signs for a top Premier League club, spends time on loan in the English Championship, and even makes a high-profile move to Major League Soccer in the United States. Alex makes a dream move to Real Madrid ahead of The Journey: Champions (FIFA 19), where he will get to compete in the biggest club competition in world football: the UEFA Champions League. In this third and final chapter of Alex’s... Read more: Alex Hunter Competes on the Biggest Stage in FIFA 19

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Tense Multiplayer FPS Hunt: Showdown Coming Soon to Xbox Game Preview

It all started with Crysis, the game that put Crytek on the map as an innovator, a computer-melter, and as a company of people passionate about first-person shooters. 19 years later and we’ve returned to those roots, with a genre-mashing, atmospheric, tension-filled FPS called Hunt: Showdown and we’re very excited to announce that it’s coming soon to Xbox Game Preview. For the unfamiliar, Hunt: Showdown is a competitive first-person bounty hunting game that combines elements from match-based shooters and survival games into a unique gaming experience. Every match pits up to 10 players -- playing solo or in teams of two -- against each other as they fight for bounty by taking out... Read more: Tense Multiplayer FPS Hunt: Showdown Coming Soon to Xbox Game Preview

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gamescom 2018 Xbox One Bundles and Accessories Guide

You may have heard – at this year’s gamescom in Cologne, we announced eight new Xbox One bundles. In case that wasn’t enough, we also revealed three new Xbox Wireless Controller options, too. Whether you’re after the stunning Xbox One X Gold Rush Special Edition Battlefield V bundle, a new Desert Camo personalized Xbox Wireless Controller from Xbox Design Lab or Forza or Tomb Raider bundles, we’ve got something for everyone to help you choose your favorite way to play with your friends on Xbox. Here’s a detailed breakdown of all the Xbox One bundles and accessories announced on the gamescom Inside Xbox episode: Xbox Wireless Controller – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds... Read more: gamescom 2018 Xbox One Bundles and Accessories Guide

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Xbox Game Pass Celebrates the End of Summer with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a New Mobile App Beta and Offers You Won’t Want to Miss

During gamescom 2018, we’re celebrating some new and exciting milestones for Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass provides gamers the ultimate value and freedom to play over 100 great games for one low monthly price, and we’re always working to upgrade the service based on feedback from our members. We heard from members that they wanted access to more blockbusters in the service, and in response we now release all new games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass timed to their global launch, including Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Forza Horizon 4 coming on October 2. We’ve also heard from our community that they want faster access to their games and an easier way to explore... Read more: Xbox Game Pass Celebrates the End of Summer with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a New Mobile App Beta and Offers You Won’t Want to Miss

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State of Decay 2 Reveals New Details for Daybreak Pack DLC

Today during our “Inside Xbox” segment at gamescom 2018 we revealed new details – new co-op gameplay, new zombies, new loot and more – for the upcoming Daybreak Pack for State of Decay 2. The team at Undead Labs has been thrilled with the community response to the game with well over three million players worldwide, and now fans can check out the next chapter in the ultimate zombie survival experience in person at gamescom where Daybreak Pack will be playable for the first time this week. Arriving on Sept. 12 the Daybreak Pack is a brand-new game mode for State of Decay 2 – a re-playable co-op “zombie siege” experience: Team up with friends. Players and up to three... Read more: State of Decay 2 Reveals New Details for Daybreak Pack DLC

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Graduating from Xbox Game Preview; Full Product Release Coming September 4

Today at gamescom 2018, we announced that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will exit the Xbox Game Preview program on September 4, 2018 to Full Product Release (1.0). While our team will continue to enhance the game and deliver new content to Xbox players, the Full Product Release marks the culmination of our efforts in Xbox Game Preview, where we worked closely with Xbox and the passionate and engaged Xbox community to regularly update, tune, stabilize and enhance the PUBG experience for Xbox One. We invite you to learn more about how the game has evolved on Xbox over the last 9 months and the journey to 1.0 in the video asset we debuted on Inside Xbox today in partnership with... Read more: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Graduating from Xbox Game Preview; Full Product Release Coming September 4

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The Division 2 Now Available for Pre-Order on Xbox One

Listen up, Agents! In anticipation of The Division 2’s launch on March 15, 2019, the game is now available for pre-order on Xbox One. Set in Washington D.C., the game takes place seven months after the events of the first game. While the virus has been contained, its effects are most evident in the devastated streets of the nation's capital where survivors cling to hope and struggle to rebuild. Enter The Division, a unit of civilian sleeper Agents who now must gear-up and work to stop enemy factions from completely taking over the city – and ultimately, the nation. With civilians helpless and fearing for their lives, players will be the last line of defense in preventing the total... Read more: The Division 2 Now Available for Pre-Order on Xbox One

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Revealing Life is Strange 2 and Uncovering the Clues Left in Captain Spirit

Life is Strange 2 has been revealed and you can find out everything you need to know from this very first trailer. Life is Strange 2 features an entirely new cast of characters, a new storyline and yes, a new power... The main characters this time are brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz. Sean, at 16 years of age, is embroiled in the usual high school intricacies you might expect at that age. His younger brother Daniel looks up to Sean and his friends while remaining playfully cheeky. The two live in Seattle with their father Esteban, who works as a car mechanic. The brother’s peaceful life, however, is struck with sudden tragedy and they are forced to flee, leaving their home and... Read more: Revealing Life is Strange 2 and Uncovering the Clues Left in Captain Spirit

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Skyforge Battle Royale Sends Players to the Battleground

With Skyforge, we established the world of Aelion, a place where tech meets the divine where you play as an immortal and work your way up to become Junior and Elder Gods. Throughout your journey, you can find Adepts, mortal citizens that worship and pray for you. At the moment those non-playable characters can be sent on small adventures for resources and tidbits of story features; our writers made sure that our players will have a good laugh reading those. We looked at our current setup of Adepts thought the game and examined how to evolve it into something more meaningful. Then we came to the idea of a battle royale mode where normal citizens fight against each other in a... Read more: Skyforge Battle Royale Sends Players to the Battleground

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Arm Yourself – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is Arriving on Xbox One March 22, 2019

After a thrilling reveal at E3, the teams at FromSoftware and Activision are excited to shed more light on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Starting off, fans will be excited to learn that the game will be officially available on March 22, 2019 on Xbox One and is available for pre-order starting today on the Microsoft Store in select markets. And for the diehard fans who can’t wait until then, get ready to dive into the first-ever public hands-on experience this week at gamescom 2018. Now let’s jump into what else is coming to the world and warrior of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. As shown in the debut trailer at E3, the one-armed wolf is equipped to handle an endless array of foes through a... Read more: Arm Yourself – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is Arriving on Xbox One March 22, 2019

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 21 – 24

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 21 – 24

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This Week on Xbox: August 17, 2018

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Inside Xbox is Live from gamescom on Tuesday, August 21 Inside Xbox kicks off one of the world’s largest video game shows with a live broadcast direct from Cologne, Germany on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 a.m. PDT/10:30 a.m. EDT... Read more: This Week on Xbox: August 17, 2018

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How a Joke About a Street Turned into Drunk-Fu: Wasted Masters

After years of ups & downs, Rusto has accepted that we should do what we do best: Brawl & rage in an intoxicated fury... virtually, at least. Rusto itself is a core team of three supported by (occasional) hired helpers. We fund our development from the sale of our previous games and good old bootstrapping from work for hire. Drunk-Fu’s origins are as a side project during Rusto’s earlier years when we were joking that the local bar street in our hometown of Kajaani is restless enough to deserve its own game. The street was called Luotikuja which roughly translates to “Bullet alley,” so the first prototypes were named Kuja as the original test level was modeled after... Read more: How a Joke About a Street Turned into Drunk-Fu: Wasted Masters

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Hero Defense Available Now on Xbox One

Hero Defense has been in development for three years and it was a very long journey up until now – we’re finally bringing it to Xbox One and we’re extremely excited about this as we have always loved gaming on Xbox. In the beginning, we had one goal: To bring the tower defense genre into the future and the next level by replacing towers with immersive movable heroes with whom players can connect. In the wake of this initial vision, the long development time was inevitable, as neither giving it up nor making compromises, which in our opinion would have resulted in a lower quality of our game, was not an option. The development of Hero Defense helped us to grow as a company in... Read more: Hero Defense Available Now on Xbox One

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Getting Started in MUT with Madden NFL 19

Madden season is here and it’s time to get your stick skills in game shape and start dominating those intense head-to-head match-ups. Madden NFL 19 brings the digital NFL experience to a new level. Whether you’re a returning player or this is your first season, there’s tons to dive into. You want to build your NFL dream team? Madden Ultimate Team is the destination to assemble a roster filled with the greatest names in football, both past and present. Let’s break down what you need to know to build your Madden Ultimate Team.  This season, contracts are gone, so that’s one less resource to manage. Player progression also allows you to keep your favorite NFL stars and make... Read more: Getting Started in MUT with Madden NFL 19

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Road Redemption Coming Soon to Xbox One

With Road Redemption, we focused on making sure its gameplay is immediately satisfying, while still offering depth and rewards for those who spend time to master its systems. We believe this should be the goal of all action game developers. Within the first five minutes of launching the game, you’ll be knocking opponents off their bikes and kicking them into roadside embankments. We took inspiration from the Call of Duty franchise and populated the game's first few levels with enemies that go down on one or two hits. This makes you feel powerful in these early levels; as long as a player can drive and press one of the two melee attack buttons, they'll have a good time. Road Redemption... Read more: Road Redemption Coming Soon to Xbox One

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Defuse a Bomb with Your Friends in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

We're super proud to have launched Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes on Xbox One today! Defusing bombs isn’t something that can be done solo though, so I wanted to give you a rundown of what to expect. You’re going to need to cooperate with your friends to solve these perplexing puzzles before time runs out. Pop quiz hotshot: there's a bomb in front of you and you've got 5 minutes to defuse it. What do you do? What do you do? Gather the team How would I handle it? I'm starting up a party chat and getting my friends on the line to help me out. They don't need even need the game - they just need to go to www.bombmanual.com to get the Bomb Defusal Manual. Or maybe you'll... Read more: Defuse a Bomb with Your Friends in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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See Maps and Multiplayer in Action in New Battlefield V Trailer

We’re only weeks away from the Battlefield V open beta, and the latest trailer shows the four debuting maps set early in World War II. The trailer’s packed with shots of heated battles showcasing improvements of game mechanics central to the Battlefield franchise, like chaotic 64-player battles, supreme destruction, and signature rock-paper-scissors gameplay that rewards skill and strategy. Want more details around the Devastation of Rotterdam trailer? Let’s get to it! New Maps: Rotterdam, Devastation, Twisted Steel, and Hamada Our maps debuting in this trailer are inspired by the earliest battlefields of the Second World War. The first scenes take place on the Rotterdam map.... Read more: See Maps and Multiplayer in Action in New Battlefield V Trailer

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What’s New with Xbox Customer Support

Team Xbox is always working to bring you great games, enhanced capabilities, and new ways to play and connect with your friends. As a support team, we want to provide fast and effective help whenever you need it and in the form that works best for you. We’re bringing you new features and new ways to connect with your choice of support channel – whether that’s through Xbox Assist on your Xbox One, online at support.xbox.com, or through support forums. Today we’re excited to give you a heads up on some recent changes as well as the next wave of new capabilities you’ll see in Xbox Support: Xbox Assist improvements - Last Fall we launched Xbox Assist on Xbox One to help you... Read more: What’s New with Xbox Customer Support